Thank you to everyone who read this and supported this story!! It's so hard giving up Noah and Landon, they're like my wittle babies. *cries a little.* Anyways, I want to dedicate this chapter to ALL of you that read this, and I know that it isn't really an official dedication, but you guys are all amazing!! I'm going to go back and dedicate a chapter to each and every one of you that commented. It just means so much to me!! Thank you reading and being awsome!!! I promise that I'll make another boyxboy story soon. Hugs and kisses! <3
The sun was shining brightly over the crowd sitting in the bleachers, casting a warm golden glow over everyone’s faces. They were all talking with one another, gushing about everything—where their kids were going, how proud they were, how relieved they were that their kids actually graduated. I was invisible. Nobody talked to me, I talked to nobody. I just watched happily.
The marching band began to play, the noise echoing across the football field. Everyone shut up and watched the principal walk across the field, a relieved smile on his face. He was just happy that he got this far without his brains turning to mush in his head. Everyone had somehow made it this far. Except me; I hadn’t made it halfway. But that was okay. I was happier now.
The principal began to speak, murmuring encouraging words into the microphone. He then called for the valedictorian to go up to the stage. I smiled as I saw his golden blonde hair bounce as he strut up to the little platform. He cleared his throat before speaking into the microphone.
“My name is Landon Everett,” he began. “And let me be the first to say—I am really freaking happy that I’m graduating today.”
Chuckles travelled across the bleachers. Even if you didn’t approve of the language, you couldn’t help but laugh. It was a happy day.
“But even though I’m happy, I’m still really scared,” Landon admitted. “You see, every single one of us has had somebody to lean on. We’ve depended on each other and that’s made us stronger. But now we’re not going to have anybody to depend on. We’re going to break away from each other, face new challenges alone. We won’t always have someone to vent to.”
He looked into everyone’s eyes, a smile on his face. I couldn’t help but smile, too. His life had turned around for the better—his relationship with Noah had been recovered, he had forgotten about his mother’s death, and Benji was getting better at a rapid pace. He was the happiest he had been in a while.
“I myself have been through ups and downs this past year,” Landon said. “I had to deal with the death of a best friend, the loss of my mother, and an illness with someone I love. And through it all, I felt like I didn’t have anybody to turn to.”
He paused and smiled at someone in the crowd. I knew who it was, and warmth welted through me. “But I did have someone to turn to. I just didn’t realize it, but he was always there.”
Everyone stayed silent as Landon paused, smiling at the crowd. The pride and happiness in his eyes was just breathtaking. Sometimes I wished that I was still with him, still looking into those eyes up close. But I knew that it was fate that had sent me here so early. Without my death, Landon wouldn’t be as strong as he was.
“You may not know it, but everyone has someone or something to turn to. So, as we leave the school here today, I want all of you to keep your head high and your mind cleared. Because even though your life will bring the hardest of challenges—which it will—you will always need to turn to somebody. No matter how old we may grow, remember that we are still young at heart!”
|Mitch Hewer||as Landon|
|Luke Bilyk||as Noah|
|Eddie Redmayne||as Xander|
|Amber McCrackin||as Hazel|
|Emily Browning||as Adele|
|Alex Watson||as Alec|
|Logan Lerman||as Cameron|
|Alex Evans||as Benji|
|Alexis Dziena||as Bray|
|Jake Abel||as Luke|